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Maltese Proverbs

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1. A cry, a sniff, and all comes to naught.

2. A cup must be bitter that a smile will not sweeten.

3. A good cow gets sold in its own country.

4. A good mule can be sold in his own territory.

5. A man and a sheaf of straw make two.

6. After taking ninety-nine years to climb a stairway, the tortoise falls and says there is a curse on haste.

7. An oven whose door does not shut does not bake its loaves.

8. Chasten thy son while there is hope.

9. Death rights everything.

10. Death said to the man with his throat cut, How ugly you look.

11. Do good and forget it; do ill and remember it.

12. Enjoy yourself; for there is nothing in the world we can call our own.

13. Far from the eye, far from the heart.

14. Good health is the sister of beauty.

15. He who goes to bed hungry dreams of pancakes.

16. I am dead. It is as if everybody were dead. Let the man left behind shut the door if he wants to.

17. If you don't eat you will die; overeating will shorten your life.

18. Malta would be a nice place, if every knight were a tree.

19. Money begets money, and fleas beget fleas.

20. Mountain does not meet mountain, but a face meets another face.

21. No one takes away anything with him.

22. One man's death is another man's life.

23. One man's fault is another man's lesson.

24. Only death is certain.

25. The evil weed produces the largest number of weeds.

26. The good die first: And those, whose hearts are dry as summer dust, Burn to the socket.

27. The wagtail hops and flaps its wings, but the male dove feeds and coos.

28. The wallet of the timid man neither increases nor decreases.

29. The weather vane will not work without wind.

30. The world is a wheel and men are the felloes, and the devil prowling around spins.

31. The world is nonsense: what looks beautiful in the morning looks ugly in the evening.

32.  Time gives good advice.

33. Today me, tomorrow you.

34. Today you; tomorrow me.

35. We are all equal before death.

36. What was is no more, what if is just if.

37. When a miser dies, the heirs feel as happy as when they kill a pig.

38.  When the husband is a hen and the wife is a cock, the house is topsy-turvy

39. Where the heart loves, there the legs walk.

40. With money you can build a road in the sea.

41. You cannot serve God and the devil.

42. You can't buy heaven with money.

43. You must kill the spider to get rid of the cobweb.


44. Your soul to God, your body to dust, your property to your relatives, because thus it has been found written.

Source: proverbatim.com

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